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his name from Josiah to John. He was for many
years a successful physician and was able to provide
well for his family. He was married, January 31,
1833. in Pittsfield, to ]\Irs. Asenath (Bean) Ranlet,
and both were then described as of Pittsfield. The
Rev. John K. Young performed the ceremony.

(VII) George Francis, second son of Dr. John

5. and Asenath (Bean) Elliot, was born in Pitts-
field, July 14, 1844, and died in Manchester, October

6, 1905, aged sixty-one 3-ears. In November follow-



ing his birth his father's family removed to Alan-
chester, which was ever afterward his home. He
was educated in the schools of Manchester, attend-
ing the North grammar school and the old high
school. As a boy at one time he sold newspapers
and peddled the Mirror. In after life he often
alluded to the fact that his father, although an
"Old Hunker Democrat," always subscribed for the
Mirror. After leaving school he began the study
of medicine with his father, but abandoned this
to give his attention to business pursuits. For years
he was a railroad employe, assisting in running an
engine on the Portsmouth road. During his early
life he conducted a large farm in Bedford for his
father for a time, and his knowledge of real estate
for which he was later well known was largely
gained from practical experience. He had a very
handsome property bequeathed to him both outright
and in trust by his father, and at the time of his
death he was among the heaviest individual taxpay-
ers of the city. During the last years of his life
he devoted himself wholly to the care of his ex-
tensive property. He inherited his father's sagacity
about money matters, and his judgment was good
in this direction. He was cool and conservative
in his business judgment, and his advice was sought
by many in regard to investments and on real estate
matters. For years he was a trustee of the Peoples
Savings Bank.

Mr. Elliot passed his lifetime in Manchester and
was well known there. Having plenty of leisure
and means he sought the companionship of his
friends and acquaintances. He liked to talk, and was
a good listener. He was well informed and con-
versed easily and intertainingly. He read a great
deal, and his memory was remarkably retentive. He
was fond of saying "I never forget anything." His
travels had been extensive, both at home and
abroad, and he could recount his experiences so
as to make them very entertaining. He was en-
thusiastic concerning things which appealed to him.
He was a man who tried to avoid friction, and
moved among people without incurring jealousy
or enmity or stirring up strife, and usually "got
along well with folks." Concerning the history of
Manchester he had extensive knowledge, and had at
his tongue's end important facts about the city, and
took a pleasure in telling them and recalling the old

He belonged to several social organizations, and
his affiliations with secret societies were many. He
was one of the earliest members of the Amoskeag
Veterans. The association was formed in his
father's office, and as soon as he was old enough
he became a member and always maintained a deep
interest in the battalion. He had held the rank of
first lieutenant. He was a member of the Man-
chester Veteran Fireman's /Vssociation, the Man-
chester Historical Association, and the Manchester
Old Resident's Association. He was a thirty-sec-
ond degree Mason, being a member of Washington
Lodge, No. 61, Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, No.
II, Adoniram Council, No. 3, Royal and Select
Masters ; and Trinity Commandery, Knights Temp-
lar, of Manchester; and Edward A. Raymond Con-
sistory, No. 32, Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret,
of Nashua. He was also a member of Manchester
Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks. As a fireman, an Amoskeag Veteran, a Ma-
son, an Elk. to an unusual extent he was zealous
and could always be depended upon to contribute
work and money. He usually participated in the
outings indulged in by the organizations to which
he belonged. In politics he was a Republican, hav-

ing departed from the example of his father, who
was a staunch Democrat. Mr. Elliot and his family
always resided on Bridge street, and for twenty-
seven years they occupied the Dr. Elliot residence.
He was stricken with paralysis while attending a
meeting of the Scottish Rite Masons at Nashua
in April, 1905, from which he partially recovered,
and was able to be out and about town; but on
July roth he experienced a second stroke and his
death resulted on the following October 6th.

He married, November 7, 1868, in Manchester,
Lucina M. Blake, who was born in Lunenburg,
Vermont, who survives him. She is the daughter
of Thomas and Lucy Blake of Danville, Vermont.
Five children were born of this marriage, three
of whom survive. John Seaver, of New York, mar-
ried July 7, 1895, Ruby Van Ette McCauley ; Cap-
tain George Perley, see forward; and Gladys M.,
of ]\Ianchester ; she was born in Manchester, Sep-
tember 30, 1887, attended high school of Man-
Chester ; now at Lasell Seminary.

(VIII) John Seaver Elliot, son of George F.
and Lucina M. (Blake) Elliot, was born in Man-
chester, May 26, 1875, and attended the common
schools of his native city, Phillips Academy and
Harvard Medical School. He graduated 'from the
latter in 1896. He was connected with the Iron
and Steel Works of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and
the Duncan Locomotive works, and is now manager
of Hapgoods of New York City.

(VIII) Captain George Perley Elliot, son of
George F. and Lucina M. (Blake) Elliot, was born
in Manchester, January 21, 1877. After attending
the common and high schools of Manchester he took
a course at Phillips Andover Academy, graduating
in 1897. On May 2, 1898, he enlisted as a private
in Company E, First Regiment New Hampshire
Volunteer Infantry, and was stationed at Chicka-
mauga. He served as clerk of the regiment and
was mustered out with his command November 2,
1898. Returning to Manchester he elisted in the
First Regiment New Hampshire National Guard,
and was appointed first lieutenant and adjutant,
April 10, 1899; captain and commissary, jNIay 16,
1903; and captain and adjutant, March 17, 1905, and
is still serving. He entered the employ of the
New Hampshire Fire Insurance Company, where he
remained until 1904. He is a member of Ridgely
Lodge. No. 74, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
of Manchester, and was a member of the Calumet
Club, and a member and adjutant of the Amoskeag
Veterans. He is a Republican in politics, and is
a member of the present house of representatives.
He has been chairman of the board of selectmen of
ward three for two years, and member of the execu-
tive committee eight years. He was married, October
4. 1904, to Elizabeth Cummings Clark, born in
Farmington, New Hampshire, died November 20,
1904, having been married only seven weeks.
(Second Family.)
(I) Andrew Eliot was born in Coker,
ELLIOTT Somersetshire, England, son of Wil-
liam and Emma Eliot, and was
baptized April 24, 1627. With his wife and
children he came from Coker to Beverly, Mas-
sachusetts, about 1665. He was town clerk of
Beverly, and represented the town many years in
the general court. He was one of the jurors at
the witchcraft trials, which fact was a source of
much mental anxiety to him in later years, and
was one of the signers of the document of regret.
He died in Beverly, March i, 1704. He was mar-
ried April 23, 1649, to Grace Wodier, who died
February 8, 1652. He was married (second),



February 2, 1654, to Mary Vivian. Some authori-
ties relate that he had only one son, his namesake.
This is probably true of his first marriage, but
there were evidently children of the second mar-
riage, because the family is continued in Beverly
through names not of record, as among his chil-

(II) Francis Eliot, who was probably a younger
child of the second wife of Andrew Eliot, was born
somewhere about 1670. He settled in that part
of Boxford, Massachusetts, which was included
in the town of Middleton in 1728. His wife at that
time was Abigail (surname unknown). She was
the mother of his eight children, and died about
1712. He was married (second), March 28, 1716,
to Margaret Knight. His children were : Francis,
John, Joseph, Thomas, Abigail, Hannah, INIary and

(III) Francis (2), eldest child of Francis (i)
and Abigail Eliot, married Jerucia Walcott, the
intentions of marriage being recorded December 3,
1715. He lived in Boxford and in Middleton, and
his children were born from 1717 to 1734. They
were : Stephen, Abigail, Mary, Jerucia, Francis, Su-
sanna. Experience, Anne and Amos.

(IV) Francis (3), second son and fifth child
of Francis (2) and Jerucia (Walcott) Eliot, was
born March 15, 1726, in Middleton, Massachusetts,
and died, November 19, 1792. He moved after mar-
riage from Middleton, ■Massachusetts, to New Hamp-
shire, and was one of the early settlers of Souhegan
West. He married, August 14, 1753, Phebe Wil-
kins, who died in December. 1822, aged eighty-four.
They had: Amos, Phebe, Andrew, Hannah, Roger,
Susannah, Lucy and Sarah.

(V) Deacon Amos, eldest child of Francis
and Phebe (Perkins) Elliott, was born June 17, 1755,
and died April 7, 1807, aged fifty-two. He was
a pious and steady man, having good judgment,
and was well liked. For some years he was a deacon
in the Congregational Church. He married. May 16,
1781, Martha (Stewart), widow of James Harts-
horn, Jr. Their children were: Amos, Betsey, Han-
nah and Luther, whose sketch follows.

(VI) Luther, youngest child of Amos and
Martha (Stewart) Elliott, was born in Amherst,
in February, 1794, and died in Amherst, April i,
1876. He was a cabinet maker, and while in the
employ of Thomas Woolson, Jr., he assisted in
building the town clock of Amherst, which is still
in good working order (1907). He settled in
Reading, Massachusetts, in early manhood, and lived
there until 1846, when he returned to Amherst and
bought a place where he and his wife spent their
remaining years. He married, September 22, 1818,
Esther Damon, of Reading, who was born in Read-
ing, June 30, 1793. and died in Amherst, February
14, 1891. Their children were: Luther, Augustus,
Sylvanus, Lucy and Sarah R.

(VII) Lucy, fourth child and elder of the
town daughters of Luther and Estlier (Damon)
Elliott, was born in Reading, Massachusetts, July
II, 1829, and married, March 3, 1864, William Pratt
(see Pratt, II).

The name of Elliott, or Eliot, was
ELLIOTT evidently brought into England from

France by a distinguished soldier in
the Conqueror's army named Allot. Branches of
the family became distributed throughout England,
and on the Scottish border, and the river Eliot,
or Elot, is said to have derived its name from one
of these branches. The families in Devonshire and
Cornwall generally spell their name Eliot, while

those in Scotland use the double letters. The first
of the name in America was the Rev. John Eliot,,
the distinguished missionary among the aboriginal
inhabitants of Massachusetts, who translated the
scriptures into their language. Robert Eliot was
an early settler on Newcastle Island in Portsmouth,
harbor, but he had no male children. There were
early settled in Scarborough, Maine, named El-

(I) Daniel Elliott, of Limington, j\Iaine, mar-
ried Lydia Johnson in that town, November 9, 1787,,
and removed to Parsonsfield, same state, where he
cleared a farm in the vicinity of Mudgett's pond.
He had a family of ten children.

(II) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (i) and Lydia
(Johnson) Elliott, was born in Parsonfield near the
close of the eighteenth century. He went to Pen-
obscot county, Maine, in or prior to 1814, and in the
latter year was residing in Old Town, the inhabit-
ants of which were then, as now, chiefly engaged itx
felling trees and manufacturing lumber. He mar-
ried Susan Gray, and she bore him thirteen chil-
dren, among whom were : Daniel, born December
2, 1808; Rebecca, November 18, 181 1; Francis, Febru-
ary 6, 1814, mentioned below ; Susannah, November
I3> 1815; John, January 27, 1818; Warren, Febru-
ary 17, 1820; Emily, November 4, 1822; Lafayette,.
August 4, 1824; Foster, July 4, 1826; Fannie, April
22,, 1828; Rebecca, August 14, 1830.

(HI) Francis, son of Daniel and Susan (Gray)
Elliott, was born at Oldtown, Maine, February 6,.
1814. He was a mill-man all his life, retiring from
active labor at the age of sixty years. Francis
Elliott married Nancy, daughter of Jeremiah and
Elsie York, of Sandwich, New Hampshire. There
were seven children : Andrew Blake, born Novem-
ber 2.(i, 1838, mentioned below. Elsie Y., April 24,.
1840. married Louis F. Smith, of Whitefield, New
Hampshire. George M., December 19, 1841. Lucy-
Ann, July 21, 1843, married Robert W. Morrill,,
of Whitefield. Eliza Jane, August 29, 1846. Jere-
miah, June 16, 1850, resides in Whitefield. Maria,.
January 21, 1853, married Arthur Bourne, of Jeffer-
son, New Hampshire. Francis Elliott (father) died
March 21, 1887, at Whitefield; his wife died Oc-
tober I, 1889.

(IV) Andrew Blake, eldest child of Fran-
cis and Nancy (York) Elliott, was born at
Littleton, New Hampshire, November 26, 1838.
In early life he was brought by his parents,
to Whitefield, was educated in the common
schools thereof, and at the age of fourteen began
earning a livelihood, working on a farm until his
marriage, after which he engaged in mill work for
a time, and then turned his attention to surveying,
lumber, wood and bark, which line of work he fol-
lowed for several years. In 1864 he purchased a
farm in Whitefield, which he cultivated in connec-
tion with surveying, continuing until 1905, when he-
retired from active pursuits. He is a Republican
in politics, and served as selectman of Whitefield
in 1874-75-76-77, and in 1894-95-96. In 1897 he was
appointed by the supreme judge to fill out an incom-
pleted term. He has been a member of the town
school board for eleven years. He was made an
Odd Fellow in 1878, has passed through the chairs
of St. John's Lodge, No. 58, and also served as-
district deputy. He belongs to the Order of Re-
bekah, and to the Patrons of Husbandry. He has
been master and treasurer of Mt. Washington
Grange, No. 116, a deputy to the state grange, and
a member of the national grange. He attends the
Baptist Church. Mr. Elliott married, March 21,
1863, Harriet S., daughter of Daniel Parker. They



have had five children: Millie E., born April 29,
186s, married George W. Shattuck, of Whitefield,
one child, Helen Woodbury. Ernest H., born
February 25, 1867, married Lillian Barnett, one child,
Lettie Alary. Amy Ann, died August i, 1878, aged
six years. Eugene Parker, born August 27, 1873,
resides at home. Lettie Mary, died August 11, 1878,
aged three years.

The Crusaders had not only a great
ELLIOTT mtiuence upon the educational, mili-
tary and commercial features of
European countries, but also upon the people's
names. As the Crusaders lay before Acre, the
remembrance of Elijah and the prophet Carmel
must have often recurred to their minds. Elias, in
its many forms, once bid fair to become one of
the most familiar names in England. Out of the
many forms to be found in ancient records are
"Ellis," "Elys," :'Elice," "Ellice," "Elyas," "Helyas,"
and its diminutive "Eliot."

(I) William Elliott was born probably near
Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he spent his life in
farming. He was the son of a British soldier who
after his term of service in America received from
his government a grant of land on which he settled
near Halifax. He was a Presbyterian.

(H) William (2), son of William (i) Elliott,
succeeded to his father's homestead and spent his
life there as a farmer. He and his wife were mem-
bers of the Presbyterian Church. He married Jane
Blair, daughter of James and Sarah (Cotton) Blair,
and they had six children : James B., William, Rob-
ert R., Eleanor, Edmund and Jemiah.

(H) James Blair, oldest child of William (2)
and Jane (Blair) Elliott, was born in Onslow, Nova
Scotia, April 6, 1836, and was educated in the dis-
trict schools of that town until he was twelve years
old. He was then apprenticed to a blacksmith and
served five years. At the age of nineteen years he
came to the United States, and first worked at
Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1855 he went to Boston,
Massachusetts, where he worked as a blacksmith
for six months, and then worked in Cambridge. Re-
turning to Nova Scotia, he started a blacksmithing
business for himself, and carried it on eleven years.
He then returned to Massachusetts and worked
at the carpenter's trade one year as a journeyman,
and then set up in business for himself, and was in
Somerville the six years following. In 1875 he sold
his property and removed to Merrimack. New
Hampshire, where he has since operated a machme
shop. He owns a plot of three acres of land, and
on that has a residence which he constructed. He is
a member of the Baptist Church, and votes the
Republican ticket. He ma/ried, October 22, 1857,
in Nova Scotia, Elmina Higgins, who was born in
Nova Scotia, April 3, 1839, and died November 17,
1884. She was the. daughter of John and Mary
(Higgins) Higgins. of Onslow, Nova Scotia. They
had six children : Richard P., Jennie. William. Hat-
tie, Etta and Mada. Richard P. married M. E.
Richardson, of Ro.xbury. Jennie married Herbert
Quimbv. of Haverhill. Massachusetts. William mar-
ried Amy Baker, of Alilford. Hattie married Frank
Twombley, of Manchester, and Etta married Victor
Kohler, of Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The line of Elliott of this article is

ELLIOTT of the country about New Bedford,

Massachusetts, where for generations

it has furnished hardy seafarers to both the mer-

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chant marine and the government service. The
a,bsence of authentic records has prevented the
tracing of any of the earlier members of the Elliott

(1) Albert Elliott, son of Joshua and Mercy
(Gifford) Elliott, was born January 26, 1813, and
died in Tilton, New Hampshire, January 13, 1891.
He followed the sea in his younger days, sailing
from New Bedford. Massachusetts, upon long
whaling voyages to the Arctic ocean, and gradually
rising from a position as a man "before the mast"
to mate. He lived is various places, among which
were New Bedford, Massachusetts; Augusta, Maine,
where both his children were born; and Tilton, New
Hampshire, to which he removed in 1856, and where
he was engaged in the provision business for fifteen
years and where his latter years were spent retired
from active business life. He and his wife were
attendants at the Episcopal Church. He married
in Sidney, Maine, October 6, 1842, Adeline Water-
man Blackburn, born in New Bedford, Massachu-
setts, March 3, 1823, daughter of John Carter and
Hepsibah Chase (Baker) Blackburn. She died at
Tilton, October 29, 1907. They had children : i.
Horatia Anna, married (first) Levi W. Hill, by
whom she had one child, who is now the wife of
William King, of Tilton, and they have one daugh-
ter, Alice Gertrude King. She married (second)
Harley A. Brown, deceased, by whom she had one
daughter, Hallie. Mrs. Brown resides in Tilton,
New Hampshire. 2. Alonzo, see forward.

Mrs. Elliott traced her ancestry to a very anci-
ent family. Francis Baker, son of Sir John Baker,
was born in 161 1, in St. Albans. Herfordshire
county, England ; he came to America in the ship
"Planter" in 1635. He married Isabel Twining,
daughter of William and Elizalunh (Dean) Twining.
Francis Baker died in 1696 and his wife died May
16, 1706.

Stephen Dean, the father of Elizabeth (Dean)
Twining, came to America in the ship "Fortune"
in 1621. He came of a very strong ancestry which
can l)e traced to the year 600. He had children :
I. Nathaniel, born March 27, 1642. 2. Jjohn, born
May I, 1648, married Alice Pierce, daughter of
Abraham Pierce. 3. Samuel, twin of John, married
Mary Pierce, daughter of Abraham Pierce. 4.

Daniel, see forward. 5. William, married Mercy .

6. Elizabeth, married John Chase, son of William

Chase, Jr. 7. Hannah, married Pierce.

8. Thomas, married Bathsheba — ■ .

(2) Daniel Baker, son of Francis and Isabel
(Twining) Baker, was born September 2, 1650.
He married. May 2. 1674, Elizabeth Chase, daughter
of William Chase, Jr., and had children: i. Daniel,

born 1675, married Mary . 2. Shubal,

see forward. 3. Elizabeth, born 1678, married Na-
thaniel Baker, Jr., November, 1705. 4. Hannah,
married, March 19, 1714, Joshua Nixon. 5. Thankful,
married, January 5, 1728, Jabez Snow, Jr. 6. Ta-
bitha, married, December ig, 1717, Joseph Kelly, son
of Jeremiah Davis.

(3) Shubal, son of Daniel an.d Elizabeth (Chase)
Baker, was born in 1676. He married Patience

. (4) Shubal (2), son of Shubal (i) and

Patience Baker, was born Alarch 24, 1710, married,
1733. Lydia Stuart. (5) Shubal (3), son of Shu-
bal (2) and Lydia (Stuart) Baker, was born No-
vember II. 1741, married (first). Novemlier 15,
1764, Rebecca Chase; married (second), 1787. Eliza-
beth Chase. (6) Shubal (4), son of Shubal (3)
and Rebecca (Chase) Baker, was born July 10,



1772, married, March 13, 1795, Mercy Smalley.
(7) His daughter, Hepsibah Chase, born March 3,
1801, died September 10, 1878, married, July 16,
1820, John Carter Blackburn, born in England,
February i, 1797, died in Augusta, Maine, March
12, 1827, and was the mother of Mrs. Albert El-

(II) Alonzo, only son and second and youngest
child of Albert and Adeline Waterman (Blackburn)
Elliott, was born in Augusta, Maine, July 25, 1849.
At the age of eight years he was taken by his parents
to Sanbornton Bridge (now Tilton), where he was
educated in the common schools and later at the
New Hampshire Conference Seminary. At the age
of fourteen years he became clerk in a country
store at Tilton, and later went to Colebrook, Coos
county, far up in the "North Country." From there
he changed to Wentworth, where he continued in
the same line of business until September, 1869,
when he accepted the position of telegraph opera-
tor and ticket seller at Manchester on the Concord,
and the Manchester and Lawrence railroads. He
succeeded to the position of ticket agent in 1870.
Here he became known as the most expert ticket
seller and one of the ablest telegraphers on the
line. He held this position until 1893, when he
resigned in order to engage in the banking and
insurance business. His insurance business became
very extensive, his agency representing some twen-
ty-five leading fire, life and accident insurance com-
panies. He continued in this line until 1S96, during
the winter of which year he was thrown from a
sleigh and so severely injured that he was unable
to attend to business for a year, and at this time
sold his insurance business and relieved himself of
all business possible.

He was the organizer and one of the incor-
porators of the Granite State Trust Company, sub-
sequently known as the Bank of New England, of
which he was treasurer, and which went out of
business in 1898. He was president of the Man-
chester Electric Light Company, and a trustee and
one of the organizers* of tlie Guaranty Savings Bank.
He is now (1907) vice-president, director and clerk
of the P'eople's Gaslight Company, was_ secretary
01 the Citizens' Building and Loan Association and
was a director of the Garvin's Falls Power Com-
pany. He secured the necessary funds to build
the first electrit light plant in Manchester; or-
ganized the Elliott Manufacturing Company, manu-
facturers of knit goods, having a capital stock of
one hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and employ-
ing five hundred operatives, was its first treasurer
and is now its vice-president. He nas been actively
interested in other business organizations, and
through his ability to secure the necessary capital
has brought to Manchester many of its most im-
portant industrial" enterprises, including the F. M.
Hoyt, Eureka, Cohas, East Side, of which he is
president, and West Side Shoe companies, and the
Kimball Carriage Company. He is treasurer and
director of the Pacific Coal & Transportation Com-
pany, which owns large coal deposits at Cape Lisbon,
Alaska, and gold mines at Nome, Alaska, also the
steamship "Corwin," which has been the first vessel
to arrive and to deliver United States mail at Nome
in the spring for several years ; this is a great event
in that section and is also considered of importance
in the annals of steamboating and the steamship

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